Douglas Blyde

Douglas Blyde

A former documentary man, Douglas Blyde is utterly gripped by gastronomy: driven by a love of good taste and fascinated by that almost nocturnal, nervously energetic breed known as chefs. He longs, one day, to own a pristine restaurant, boutique hotel, almost mythically revered vineyard and a vast chocolate factory

  • The Three Witches of Siefersheim

    Tuesday September 13th, 2016

    Intrepid booze hound, Douglas Blyde recalls an enchanting dinner in the company of benign wine focused witches...

  • Richard Corrigan authors Malaysia Airlines Menu

    Wednesday February 26th, 2014

    Malaysia Airlines has partnered with Chef Richard Corrigan, one of the UK and Ireland’s most esteemed chefs and restaurateurs, to create a limited edition in-flight menu launching this month.

  • Dale-icious: Swinton Park’s Cookery School

    Monday January 27th, 2014

    After 32 years working in kitchens outside Yorkshire and often on the continent, chef Stephen Bulmer returned to his roots a year ago, taking over Swinton Park’s cookery school from the imposing Rosemary Shrager...

  • Cloudy Bay 2013 Cook-Off

    Wednesday October 30th, 2013

    Now in his eleventh year at 28 year-old iconic New Zealand wine brand, Cloudy Bay, winemaker, Nick Blampied-Lane hosted a mostly blogger-focussed cooking competition at City restaurant, Fish Market, to augur vintage 2013 of Sauvignon Blanc.

  • Eating Edgbaston

    Monday September 30th, 2013

    Led by Simpson’s, the first restaurant of four to gain a Michelin-star in the city, Edgbaston is emerging as a gastronomic destination. Indeed, two of Simpson’s chefs, Adam Bennett and Kristan Curtis, took fourth place at this year’s ‘culinary Olympics’, the Bocuse D’Or, Lyon - the highest position achieved by UK chefs. Douglas Blyde learns more.

  • Part I - Great Grapes of Lebanon

    Wednesday July 31st, 2013

    In the first part of his account, Douglas Blyde defies foreign office rhetoric to meet the stars of the Lebanese wine industry, beginning in the Bekaa Valley...

  • High Aims, Low Lands

    Wednesday May 1st, 2013

    Douglas Blyde learns about Ben & Jerry’s Caring Dairy programme while watching cows cavort in the windy Netherlands.

  • Culture Feast

    Monday November 12th, 2012

    Douglas Blyde recalls a 'baijiu'-laden banquet in the cashmere capital of China...

  • Shifting Fens

    Monday November 12th, 2012

    Mark Poynton’s journey to the palms (via poor family cooking and a modestly signed fax...)

  • The Zagats hit town and hit back

    Tuesday September 11th, 2012

    Called fossils by people almost as old as they are, the Zagats are bearing the ageist criticism well. Perhaps selling their eponymous restaurant guide for a reported $151 million helps cushion the blow. Douglas Blyde asks them how it all feels

  • Taking a Bite of the Isle of Wight

    Thursday May 31st, 2012

    Douglas Blyde speeds across the choppy Solent to visit Britain’s largest tomato farm and taste the produce at the island’s only Michelin-starred restaurant - Robert Thompson at The Hambrough at Ventnor Bay

  • Ginstitute Launches

    Tuesday November 15th, 2011

    With the aim of conveying the long history of Londoners’ allegiance to dry gin, the second smallest museum in the capital recently opened in Notting Hill. The mind behind is drinks expert, graphic designer and part-time dandy, Jake Burger...

  • Magic of Martell

    Friday October 7th, 2011

    Standing over two metres tall, Martell Cognac's meticulosly crafted Trunk houses a rare collection of 28 eaux-de-vie including £400 per shot L'Or de Jean Martell which represent the finest exponents of ‘cru’ used by the world's oldest cognac producer (1715).

  • Sea Change in Suffolk

    Friday September 30th, 2011

    The day before this year’s two-day festival of food and drink at Aldeburgh a spirited conference focused on Suffolk and the Sea...

  • Illy Galleria and University of Coffee

    Wednesday September 7th, 2011

    This year’s pop-up ‘Galleria’ by Illy offers complimentary courses at its ‘University of Coffee’ among its heady cultural programme.

  • Kammerling on Kammerling’s

    Sunday May 29th, 2011

    A new spirit is dripping the capital. We talk to vodka ambassador and passionate drinks fanatic Alex Kammerling about his eponymous libation...

  • Black Gold, Shimmering Sky

    Monday May 16th, 2011

    Douglas Blyde heads to Islay, island of eight distilleries and one golf course. There he discovers his disinterest in golf is not a handicap.

  • David Berry Green on the wines of Nebbiolo

    Saturday April 16th, 2011

    Douglas Blyde talks nebbiolo with David Berry Green, eighth generation family member and buyer of wines for eponymous wine and spirits merchant, Berry Brothers and Rudd - the oldest in the UK.

  • The Portman, Marylebone

    Thursday February 24th, 2011

    Trained at Cape Town’s Higgs School of Good Cooking (Meerendal Hospitality Academy), Wet sharpened his craft at South African restaurants, Hauté Cabriere and De Oude Welgemoed (the latter offering Cape-Malay cuisine) then Brula Bistro, La Buvette, Landsdowne Club, Brasserie Roux (Sofitel St James) and The Carlton Club in London.

  • Catalan Cooking with Codorníu

    Friday February 4th, 2011

    A London café specialising in sweet treats was transformed into a Catalan home kitchen for one night only. Courtesy of Cava producer, Codorníu, ‘Bea’s of Bloomsbury’ was decorated with Bacchanalia.